THE FESTIVITIES AT DELHI.
THIS NINTH LANCERS.
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A STATE BANQUET, SPEECH BY LORD CURZON. INDIA'S PLACE IN HISTORY, [mess association.] BOMBAY, 3rd Jan. The Viceroy (Lord Curzon), speaking to tho toast of "The King," at a State banquet, said the Durbar must have convinced every one present that India was no deadweight tied to the heels of the Empire, but in itself ■ was an Empire, solf-contidonv of its own strength and aglow with abundant potentialities. India had left a deeper mark on tho history, philosophy, and religion of mankind than any other territorial unit of the universe. Lord Oui'Kon. gave a garden party to minor chiofs and native gentlemen, Lord Cursson and the Duke of Connaught shaking hands with hundreds of the guests who -were presented to them.
BOMBAY, 3rd Jan. The Duke of Connuught has specially selected an escort from the Ninth Lancers. This has greatly cheered the famous regiment which played a conspicuous" part at Delhi during the Indian Mutiny. It had been forbidden to take part in tho Durbar* as a punishment for maltreatment of a native recently after the regiment had returned from South Africa. Tho sentence was meted out be- ; cause the men declined to disclosb the perpertators of the outrage. LOn the night of the arrival of the . 9th Lancers at Sfalkof in the Punjab from South Africa a native cook named Atu was so brutally beaten near their mess that he died live days afterwards. Atu stated that his assailants were men of the 9th Lancers. His brother-in-law, who was with him, said they were British soldiers, but it was too dark to de« termino their regiment. The man was picked tip two miles from the Lancers' barracks. Atu stated to one officer that he was beaten near the telegraph office, half a' mile from the barracks. To another he assorted , that he. Avas, beaten at a spot a mile in a different direction. His brother-in-law said he was beaten a hundred yards from the cooks' house. Blood wna found forty yards from the cooks' house. The chief cook stated that Atji was very drunk when he left service on tho evening of his assault. EnSuirics afterwards mado showed that icro was ground for believing that the cook Atu came by his death at the hand of native*, and the haaty punishment of the regiment was attributed to nervous fear of the scurrilous vernacular press on the part of the authorities. As to a motive for the crime, it appears that Atu was recently selected as cook out of a number 01 applicants, and that presumably his appointment had aroused jealousy among his disappointed rivais. The assumption by Lord Kitchener of the Comimindership in India is was looked forward to by the friends of tho regiment for enquiry and vindication.]